The Washington Post Weighs In On Lane-Splitting

Thoughts from the only other place in the country you're allowed to split

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Lane-splitting, from the driver's point of view.Image from video

Washington D.C. is the only place in the United States, outside of California, where lane-splitting has not been deemed illegal, although the practice is much less common. The Washington Post's Fredrick Kunkle weighs in with some thoughts on how lane-splitting would benefit the city if it were utilized more by decreasing congestion, and includes some facts on it's safety.

Not only is the article well thought out, interesting, and well written—but it's also filled with interesting comments. Some are from California riders who lane-split frequently, some from riders in other parts of the country who don't split and don't want to, and even more are from D.C. riders who discuss their use of the practice. Oh, and there are some real crazy ones too. Here are five of my favorites.

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As always, taking personal responsibility is always the best course of action.Image from article
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Too bad we Americans aren't very good at looking at what's working well in other cultures and adapting it for our own use.Image from article
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There is no shortage of crazies, though I do hate it when people admiring my bike are just trying to think of a way to bounce me over a rail.Image from article
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My least favorite driver is the "I'm going to commit attempted murder to teach you a lesson for getting where you're going faster than I am" guy.Image from article
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Because one guy riding in any way irresponsibly means we're all terrible humans. Logic is really hard sometimes, but not as hard as when someone so succinctly points out the error in our thinking.Image from article